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Harley Rustad, in conversation with Katie Ives--Lost in the Valley of Death--ONLINE!

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In the vein of Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild, a riveting work of narrative nonfiction centering on the unsolved disappearance of an American backpacker in India--one of at least two dozen tourists who have met a similar fate in the remote and storied Parvati Valley.

 

For centuries, India has enthralled westerners looking for an exotic getaway, a brief immersion in yoga and meditation, or in rare cases, a true pilgrimage to find spiritual revelation. Justin Alexander Shetler, an inveterate traveler trained in wilderness survival, was one such seeker.

 

In his early thirties, Justin Alexander Shetler quit his job at a tech startup and set out on a global journey: across the United States by motorcycle, then down to South America, and on to the Philippines, Thailand, and Nepal, in search of authentic experiences and meaningful encounters, while also documenting his travels on Instagram. His enigmatic character and magnetic personality gained him a devoted following who lived vicariously through his adventures. But the ever restless explorer was driven to pursue ever greater challenges, and greater risks, in what had become a personal quest--his own hero's journey.

 

In 2016, he made his way to the Parvati Valley, a remote and rugged corner of the Indian Himalayas steeped in mystical tradition yet shrouded in darkness and danger. There, he spent weeks studying under the guidance of a sadhu, an Indian holy man, living and meditating in a cave. At the end of August, accompanied by the sadhu, he set off on a "spiritual journey" to a holy lake--a journey from which he would never return.

 

Lost in the Valley of Death is about one man's search to find himself, in a country where for many westerners the path to spiritual enlightenment can prove fraught, even treacherous. But it is also a story about all of us and the ways, sometimes extreme, we seek fulfillment in life.

 

Harley Rustad is the author of Big Lonely Doug: The Story of One of Canada's Last Great Trees. His writing has appeared in publications including Outside, the Guardian, the Globe and Mail, and Geographical. He is a features editor and writer at The Walrus magazine, a faculty editor at the Banff Centre's mountain and wilderness writing residency, and the founder of the Port Renfrew Writers' Retreat. A fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Rustad is originally from Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.

 

Event date: 
Friday, January 14, 2022 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Online via Zoom Webinar!
Norwich, VT 05055-0307
Lost in the Valley of Death: A Story of Obsession and Danger in the Himalayas Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062965967
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (call to confirm availability)
Published: Harper - January 11th, 2022

In the vein of Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild, a riveting work of narrative nonfiction centering on the unsolved disappearance of an American backpacker in India—one of at least two dozen tourists who have met a similar fate in the remote and storied Parvati Valley.


Big Lonely Doug: The Story of One of Canada's Last Great Trees Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781487003111
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Published: Walrus Books - March 5th, 2019

Finalist, Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize, BC Book Prizes
Finalist, Banff Mountain Book Competition
Finalist, Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing


Imaginary Peaks: The Riesenstein Hoax and Other Mountain Dreams Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781680515411
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Published: Mountaineers Books - September 14th, 2021

A book every thoughtful adventurer and seeker of dreams should read. -- Outside


Lost in the Valley of Death, by Harley Rustad - Friday, January 14 at 7pm ET!
Event Summary: 
In the vein of Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild, Lost in the Valley of Death is a riveting work of narrative nonfiction centering on the unsolved disappearance of a backpacker in India.

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